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Boublil and Schonberg reveal plans for “completely new” Martin Guerre production

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Songwriters Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg have revealed they are reworking their musical Martin Guerre, with a view to bringing it back to the West End stage next year.

The writers, who also penned Miss Saigon and Les Miserables, said Martin Guerre is currently undergoing a very “deep rewrite” and that a new production could be staged by autumn 2014.

It is not the first time that a major revival of the musical has been considered, with the writers revealing in 2010 that Cameron Mackintosh was preparing to bring the Watermill Theatre’s 2007 version, directed by Craig Revel Horwood, to London.

However, lyricist Boublil told The Stage: “It was a very interesting production at the Watermill. Cameron tried [to remount it] but he could not get the people he wanted interested, so we had to forget about that version. This will be a completely new version.”

Martin Guerre first opened in London in 1996, and closed in 1998. An extensively rewritten version of the musical then opened at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and in 2007 the Watermill Theatre in Newbury staged its revival.

Boublil admitted that he and Schonberg are revisiting the musical because they “still think it’s not finished”.

Schonberg added that he and Boublil had just started to “undo act two”.

The songwriters also revealed that next year’s revival of Miss Saigon will have small “revisions”.

Yesterday it was announced that Boublil and Schonberg are working with singer Russell Watson on a new album that will feature songs from their shows and new material.

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